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 12-06-2004, 08:25 Post: 101692
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The track bars can wear out quickly if conditions are right. Off-roading, heavy hauling or large tires will cause the bar to quickly go bad allowing the front axle to be able to shift from side to side causing the shimmy.






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 12-06-2004, 08:28 Post: 101693
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Check the track bar by having a friend turn the steering back and forth and watch the tie rod end on the track bar for movement. Sorry for the multiple replies, but you can't see all of a long message unless you are a member.






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 12-06-2004, 08:59 Post: 101698
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Thanks AV8R,

I will give that a try the next warm and dry that we have here.... did i mention that i hate the weather is St. Louis!!






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 12-07-2004, 17:15 Post: 101779
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I had a '95 Ram that went through 7 track bars and a wheel bearing both of which caused shimmy. My '99 went through 4 track bars, upper and lower ball joints, all tie rod ends and the steering sector shaft had to be adjusted. The my '03+ 2500 Ram does have a center axle disconnect (straight axle carry-over from previous years)---the 1500's have independent front suspensions. Also, a warped brake rotor and/or seized caliper will cause a shimmy. My '03 2500 quad cab, heavy-duty, High-Output diesel, automatic is the best truck I have ever had. Mileage at 55mph can be as much as 28MPG and as low as 17. Pulling 15,000 lb. of heavy equipment around town I get about 14-17mpg.






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 12-07-2004, 22:28 Post: 101804
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WOW!!!!!!!! I wish I got that kind of gas mpg..I only get 13-14 mpg. on highway, city, towing. It does not change.

Went through the front brakes today. Had the rotors turned and replaced the pads. We shall see. If get my larger tires and want to lift the front cant I just crank the torsion bars a couple of turns. I only want to lift it about two inches.






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 12-07-2004, 22:40 Post: 101809
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WAIT A MINUTE!!!

Torsion bars? Is your truck IFS? A 2002 Dodge 2500 has coils and a solid front axle. Are we talking about something completely different?






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 12-07-2004, 22:59 Post: 101813
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av8r,

Sorry for the confusion.. my truck is a 1500 with a 5.9 gas. I only wish I could buy a 2500 diesel. my brother inlaw ahs the ford version of the 2500... gee i just love that truck....






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 12-07-2004, 23:06 Post: 101817
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Okay. I was assuming it was a GenII body, like mine, not the GenIII. You can now disreguard everything I've told you. I thought you had a solid front axle truck.

IFS, ick! :P






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DOUGHBOY: Mileage and power--that's why I went with the H.O. diesel (555 lb.ft. torque). And it's 85% quiter than an '02 diesel. It was about $500 more for the High Output but well worth it---everything engine/drive train is upgraded to heavy duty as a package. There is virtually no perceptable "turbo-lag" either, unlike my '99 diesel. Driving it is like driving the same truck with a gas engine only it goes through the gears so quickly it's in overdrive at 35-40 mph when unloaded, 45-50mph when heavily loaded. Even pulling 15K lb. it stays in overdrive. The '95 with a gas 360 (diesel is also 360 c.i.d.) couldn't get out of its own way---it was such a dog (Chrysler bought it back in '98---got all my loan payments plus interest, my downpayment and $3000 of $8000 in aftermarket accessories)






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Doughboy, I highly recomend that you get some advise on conducting a lift, many torsion bars cannot be cranked a in order to get more lift(however some say you can inorder to get 1.5-2" which you want.) Most of the lift kits for this type of IFS require the elimination of the torsion bars and going with a coilover shock system or remounting the front end with special brackets to accept your existing torsion bars. I am certainly no expert in this field but I recomend a second opinion especially if you are under warrenty.

As far as the shimmy issue, I the think AV8R's above posts are on the mark, I would also find a shop in your area that is not affiliated with any dealer and take their top tech for a ride.






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